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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley (7 Oct 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1845338332
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845338336
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 2.4 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the publisher of the bestselling RHS Latin for Gardeners, RHS Botany for Gardeners is an accessible, informative and beautifully illustrated guide to the mysteries of botanical terms and the science of plants.

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Since being inspired by some of the world's leading botanists whilst studying Plant Science at the University of Edinburgh, Simon Maughan has spent the last twenty-five years furthering his knowledge and developing a love of practical gardening and plants. He was employed in 1995 to work on the RHS A-Z of Garden Plants and to date has worked on many dozens of gardening books covering all aspects of the subject from species rhododendrons to garden design, and everything in between. He has worked as an editor and publisher for the RHS for twelve years, and this is the first opportunity he has had to work on a book on botany.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J. Ward VINE VOICE on 15 Dec 2013
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The author of RHS Botany for Gardeners is Geoff Hodge, who is a freelance gardening and horticultural writer based in the UK. The book is highly attractive, beautifully produced, printed on quality papers with botanical type watercolour paintings and illustrations on almost every page. As the illustrations are artistic, beautiful rather than photographic, they do not always reveal sufficient detail about the plants as one would sometimes wish. The book is well organized and intelligently edited into 9 chapters: The Plant Kingdom - Growth, Form and Function - Inner Workings - Reproduction - The Beginning of Life - External Factors - Pruning - Botany and the Senses - Pests, Diseases and Disorders. There is an Index as well as a Bibliography. Royalties from the sale of the book go to support the work of the RHS.

The aim of the book is to provide gardeners with sufficient botanical knowledge to help them understand more completely how plants grow, flourish, and reproduce, as well as understanding the factors, internal and external, which affect their well being. The inference is that a more knowledgeable and better informed gardener should be able to achieve better results. The text is always botanically scientific, but written at a level comprehensible to most educated people, and any specialist botanical words introduced are always adequately explained first. The book is practical rather than cerebral and only those principles of botany are discussed which would be of natural and practical interest to gardeners.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Bruce TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Dec 2013
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This is the kind of book that is a joy to own as a physical object. It has a sturdy hard cover which is embossed in gold and has an integral silk place marker - it exudes quality and style. In these days of eBooks, Kindles etc. - this kind of book reminds you why the real thing will never cease to be a pleasure.

Every page has wonderful, painted illustrations in full colour and there are numerous helpful diagrams, as well as photographs of botanists. (I have added a photo to the customer images at the top of this page showing a typical example of the contents.) The size is slightly smaller than A4, but the book feels substantial and there are over 200 pages, packed with information - everything you would want to know about plants and how they work.

The RHS name guarantees quality and the rigourous nature of the science - but the tone is never patronising, while giving clear and useful explanations of botanical terms and horticulture. It's the kind of book that you dip into, rather than read cover-to-cover and anyone with an interest in gardening or growing plants will find some sections useful, to provide definitive answers.

There is a huge amount of information here, but the visual style and organisation make it a pleasure to dip into. The Contents are split into nine chapters with further subdivisions, outlined at the beginning - there is also a comprehensive index of terms at the back - so it's easy to find whatever you want.

Overall a book that the RHS can be proud of and a definitive reference work, that is also enjoyable to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sue H TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Dec 2013
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An excellent book for gardeners wanting a `coffee table book' from the RHS rather than a reference text. The text is illustrated with many high quality drawings of plants rather than photos.

The book is divided into chapters

1. The plant kingdom, 2 Growth form and function, 3 Inner workings 4 Reproduction, 5 The beginning of life 6 External factors 7 Pruning 8 Botany and the senses 9 Pests diseases and disorders.

There are interesting sections on significant historical botonists inc Mendel and Lindley.

The book covers some basic botanical science, however despite using quite a lot of botanical terminalogy, it skims the surface of many areas, and the techniques that are derived from this such as pruning experienced gardeners may already know from reading books on gardening techniques or TV programmes. I was for example hoping to enhance my knowledge of cuttings gleaned from hours watching Carol Klein take shoot and root cuttings, but I still a long way from looking at a plant and from its structure knowing how to prune it or propagate it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Phillyfan VINE VOICE on 11 Dec 2013
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A lovely book, high quality paper and binding and beautiful botanical illustrations throughout. Probably aimed at the more experienced gardener, or ones with a particular interest in botany. There is quite a bit on the history of botany; plant collecting, cataloguing, and illustrators. Full of interesting information but not really comprehensive on any aspect.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marie F. Busco on 4 April 2014
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From the outward appearances a lovely book, but for readability it doesn't compare with Brian Capon's delightful "Botany for Gardeners, 3rd Edition," which I highly recommend. I failed to get through Hodge's entire book with its overload of plain scientific facts. It could be a useful reference except for a woefully poor index. Archival botany prints enliven the page layouts but aren't as helpful as the excellent photos in Capon's book. The diagrams included need more detail to be of real value.
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